Take your pieces inside at the end of the day, even if it says it's not going to rain. Don't be like me and trust the weatherman, only to wake up and find the piece you spent all day slaving over (in the hot Georgia sun, no less) got soaked, the back got warped, the stain has water marks (also slightly scratched from trying to wipe the water off) & also has grass/debris now stuck to the feet. 

It might not seem like a big deal in this photo, but trust me--it is. Especially when it was looking so flawless last night! I was hoping to finish this before the real thunderstorms roll in tomorrow and continue thru the rest of the week but clearly, that ain't gonna happen. Time to pull a rabbit out of my hat....